Documents are appearing fast in the controversy over whether the consecration of the first four bishops of the Anglican Church in North America (see February 24 issue, page 44) was valid. The flurry of papers is coming from overseas as well as from within the ACNA and from the headquarters of the Episcopal Church, from which the ACNA broke away.
The documents raise questions not only about which bishops had the authority to consecrate the ACNA leaders but also about which bishops are telling the truth about the matter.
Time magazine’s report last month brought a sharp retort from Bishop Albert A. Chambers, retired bishop of Springfield, Illinois, who was the only American Episcopalian serving as a consecrator. Chambers issued a statement and a notarized copy of the handwritten letter that he said he received from Korean bishop Mark Pae. The letter, dated January 24 (four days before the Denver consecration rites), conveys Pae’s regrets “that I cannot come to the U.S. of America at this time” and gives “my consent to the consecration” of Dale Doren, who formerly served in Korea.
Chambers, in the statement issued last month, wrote: “The Time magazine article leaves the impression that Dr. Doren was not telling the truth when he said he had brought from Korea a letter from Bishop Mark Pae, giving his consent to the consecration of his own archdeacon, who has been his good friend for many years. Is one to conclude from the Time report that the letter read to the congregation at the consecration service was a forged document, written to fool somebody?… It is an insult to Bishop Doren to imply that he would manufacture such a letter. I have the original in my possession.… It is quite understandable to me that [Pae] now chooses to ...1
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